Monday, March 21, 2011

Filming in Switzerland

There's a group of us including Jeff Lowe, Greg Lowe, Josh Wharton, Dave Black and myself currently in Switzerland filming on the North Face of the Eiger. Jeff is producing a movie titled "Jeff Lowe's Metanoia." Metanoia is a greek word meaning a fundamental change of thinking: a transformative change of heart.

In the winter of 1991 Jeff spent 9 days by himself climbing a new route on the North Face of the Eiger.

As Jeff climbed, every choice was tested by his purist ethic. No partner, no help from ropes left by others, no bolts - in mid-winter. Alone and increasingly at risk, climbing among ghosts and relics, and hammered by storms, he slowly transcended the recent chaos that had commandeered his life.

Near the top, out of food, pinned in a shallow limestone cave, and faced with yet another storm, Jeff heard a strange song. It lasted much of the day, and seemed to come from within the mountain. Next morning he emerged from his grotto and continued up. Barely surviving a fall that he actually jumped into, he finished the climb but disregarded the summit just 300 feet distant and 100 feet higher. Instead he accepted a helicopter descent rather than chance an avalanche and incoming storm, while climbing down the west side.

We are here now to re-enact some key scenes of this story. View his webpage here. Check out the pictures below as we set up fixed ropes on the North Face to film some of the scenes.

Strong winds made it nearly impossible to be lifted off the summit. A bivy on the summit would not have been fun without a sleeping bag or tent.
Our Bivy on the summit of the Eiger. Yes, it's really that cold
Lorenz about to be lifted from the summit. You really have to trust those helicopter pilots. One mistake and it's AdiĆ³s baby!!
Our studio in Grindelwald
The Eiger as seen from Kleine Scheidegg

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